Day 4: FINAL – Noosa Dolphins v Takapuna Grammar School

    Takapuna Grammar School - 18 def. Noosa Dolphins - 10

    Match #19 for the week, the Final, shaped up to be a cracker of trans-Tasman rivalry. Takapuna Grammar opened proceedings with a well-worked try down the left wing, but the advantage was soon nullified through a brilliant run by the Noosa Dolphins #10, weaving through multiple defenders to score a great individual try. A third try was scored in the opening 12 minutes, with TGS not to be outdone, dotting down another try on their left wing. In the shadows of half time, Takapuna punted over a long range penalty goal to take the score to 15-5 at the break. The second half was even more competitive, with Noosa first to score with a deft try in the corner. The Dolphins' outside backs showed great skills with fast, accurate passing, and the winger (#23 - intercept star of the Semi Final) putting up an excellent right fend to score a deserved try. The try went unconverted, and both teams wrestled for control and territory for the bulk of the half. Nearing full time, Takapuna took a penalty shot at goal to get themselves ahead by more than a converted try. The penalty successful, the score reached 18-10, which it remained until the final whistle. Takapuna Grammar School thus became champions for 2012, and the Noosa Dolphins runners up. Congratulations to both teams on excellent tournaments.

    Day 4: Consolation Final – John Paul College v Bethlehem College

    John Paul College - 28 def. Bethlehem College - 17

    A fantastic match. Out of finals contention, both sides went for broke and played a social game of spirited rugby. Props played fullback, wingers played lock, the referee took one of the kick offs and all had a great time. The match over, both teams joined in a huddle for war cries and the New Zealand National Anthem. Rugby Union at its very best.

    Day 4: Semi Final 2 – Takapuna Grammar School v Bethlehem College

    Takapuna Grammar School - 17 def. Bethlehem College - 0

    The second semi-final was a very tight, and very fast affair with both teams playing expansive rugby. After a tight opening, Takapuna Grammar were able to score two quick tries in the first half. The first came as result of quick hands and a great dive down the blindside, with an excellent touchline conversion as well. For the second, TGS were able to capitalise on a kick receipt error, dotting the ball down under the posts. 14-0 at half time. The second half was a dour affair. Both teams continued with their attacking mindset, but neither could build continuity and thus tries went begging - the only points being a penalty to TGS 16 minutes into the 20 minute half. Full time 17-0.

    Day 4: Semi Final 1 – John Paul College v Noosa Dolphins

    Noosa Dolphins - 20 def. John Paul College - 15

    The first Semi Final saw the number one-ranked John Paul College up against the number four-ranked Noosa Dolphins. While usually advantage is given to the #1 team by allowing them to play the lowest qualifier, as in this case, it would be hard to argue that an advantage was in fact given, as the Noosa Dolphins were the only team to defeat John Paul College in the preceding days. The Dolphins opened the scores with an unconverted try off a good break, and JPC soon hit back with a clinical drop goal belying their maturity for finals football - 5-3. Those skills continued to show, with JPC streaking ahead with two good tries to take the score to 15-5. Looking down and out, the Noosa Dolphins suddenly clicked into gear, posting a rapid two unconverted tries out wide, taking scores to 15-15 and setting up a thrilling finish. The clock ticking down, and wanting to avoid extra time, both teams began playing conservative rugby against both of their natural instincts. Full time came and went with JPC in possession, and wanting to have a final crack the ball was sent wide. With an overlap in hand JPC looked dangerous - but the play was excellently read by the Dolphins #23. He scooted up off the line and swooped on a stray pass, running 50m to score an excellent intercept try. Full time, and another upset to the Dolphins 20-15.